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Montefalco

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Don’t you love Montefalco? It’s such a lovely Umbrian hill town and very rich in frescos.

I’ve visited twice and not for long enough either time. So I’m determined to visit again in June. I would like to return to the church of San Francesco, which is now the town’s museum. It boasts some stunning frescos, including a remarkable fresco cycle on the life of St. Francis, by Benozzo Gozzoli (1450-1452). Other artists represented in the museum include Perugino, Melanzio, Pier Antonio Mezzastris, Antoniazzo Romano and Tiberio d'Assisi.

There are several other churches in Montefalco that I haven’t even begun to explore. For example, this fresco above was photographed by Slow Traveler Bill Thayer in the Convento di San Fortunato, a church and abbey near Montefalco.

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And this, just above and also from Bill Thayer, is a detail of a fresco of the Coronation of the Virgin in Sant'Agostino. I’m hoping to see this as well as newly restored frescos in Santa Illuminata.

Comments (6)

Anne:

I have not been to Montefalco, but it sounds wonderful. More and more I am thinking I need a month long stay just in Umbria! So many places to wander through...

sandrac:

Anne, I'm sure you would love Umbria. The region seethes with spirituality! And it's really beautiful.

Love those arched back angels in the second fresco. So only a couple of months until you'll be there, that's exciting!

Barb Cabot:

Lovely. I must agree with Anne a month in Umbria would be heaven. Shall we all plan to meet there for a GTG? Fun.

sandrac:

Annie, it IS very exciting!

Barb, just say when and where, and I'll be there!

I still remember the afternoon tutor I had when I was taking Italian in Siena telling me about how wonderful Montefalco was. I haven't been there yet, but hopefully someday...

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